Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy
Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.
Spoiler free for Clockwork Princess but not Clockwork Prince
5 stars - So emotional but so brilliant, I'd give this one more than 5 stars if I could.
Let me start with the narrator, Daniel Sharman. His performance of this book was brilliant. I loved his voices and could listen to him read to me for hours. Truly, his efforts added to the book.
Never have I read a series that included a love triangle that was quite like this. Every love triangle has it's teams and I have always seen a clear choice. It seemed there was always the one that I felt would be the chosen one. I'm normally always right. But Will and Jem are different. They love each other as much as they love Tessa. Their bond makes this triangle so different. At the end of Clockwork Prince, I was totally destroyed when Will willingly stepped aside to allow Tessa and Jem to be together. I'm team Will. He is so broken and Tess makes him whole but so does Jem. I didn't get that at the end of Clockwork Prince but I do now. I also became Team Will/Jem. How can anyone choose between them? They are two halves of one whole that loves Tessa. All I can say about how things turned out is - BRILLIANT.
This book had me in tears from the beginning to the end. I couldn't read it straight through, though I was desperate to know the end. I needed the breaks to control my emotions. Books don't do that to me very often. Sure I cry sometimes but not like this. I mean it. Tears rolling down my cheeks, a sobbing mess. Twitter friends helped, assuring me to keep going. That's what I would say to anyone else working up the courage to read this one. Keep reading. Keep reading. The middle half is hard. The resolution is brilliant. I loved it.
I want to sit down and read the whole series front to back and enjoy every incredible minute of it. This series combined with The Mortal Instruments is a work of art. Crafted and plotted with perfection. It's complex, intricate and beautiful. Art.
I love how this book resolved the infernal devices aspect but didn't end there. There was more to resolve. There was Will and Jem. There were other wonderful relationships to figure out. There was a connection to The Mortal Instruments to be made. I'm impatiently for the actual book to actually arrive (I won a pre-order but TBD ships slow boat) so I can go over the family tree. I know them now but I want to see it.
I loved getting to know Magnus more. His character is explained so much in this book/series. I found myself wanting to re-read The Mortal Instruments just so I could see him again. Remember what happens to him later.
Some of my favorite books are urban fantasy. I love the fantasy hiding in the normal. Cassandra Clare sets the highest standard for the best kind of urban fantasy. If you haven't started any of her books, start here with The Infernal Devices series. BUT have them all available because you will want to keep reading once you start.